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RADIO SEASON 71 2015

Season length:
Eight shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons.

Regular Panellist:
Paul Merton (six shows).

Guest Panellists:
Tony Hawks (two shows), Sheila Hancock (two shows), Graham Norton (two shows), Gyles Brandreth (two shows), Jenny Eclair (two shows), Julian Clary (two shows), Stephen Fry (two shows), Josie Lawrence (two shows), Marcus Brigstocke (two shows), Alun Cochrane (two shows), Shappi Khorsandi (two shows), Robin Ince (two shows), David Tennant (two shows).

Making A Debut:
David Tennant.

Commentary:
An excellent season which generated a great deal of interest when David Tennant spoke for an uninterrupted minute in his first show. It was widely reported as a first, although it had actually been done several times before. Still it was a public relations success. The season also included the 100th appearance by Sheila Hancock. A top rank season.



841/71/1

Broadcast date: 9 February 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Stephen Fry, David Tennant.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: A banana skin, the great American novel, exit pursued by a bear, the banyan tree, hallelujah, Iambic pentameter, it's in the stars, the dressing up box, the sitar, Falstaff.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 904th appearance, Paul Merton's 337th appearance, Julian Clary's 53rd appearance, Stephen Fry's 18th appearance, David Tennant's first appearance, Hayley Sterling's first appearance blowing the whistle.

842/71/2

Broadcast date: 16 February 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Josie Lawrence, Alun Cochrane.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: Canterbury.

Subjects: A cathedral city, Christopher Marlowe, skinny latte, honey, multi-tasking, the oxygen of publicity, my family motto, kinky boots, keeping it real.

Winner: Josie Lawrence.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 906th appearance, Paul Merton's 338th appearance, Tony Hawks' 131st appearance, Josie Lawrence's 26th appearance, Alun Cochrane's 18th appearance.

843/71/3

Broadcast date: 23 February 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Gyles Brandreth, Jenny Eclair, Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorsandi.

Whistle Blower: Trudi Stevens.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Elephant and castle, bananas, animal husbandry, the rites of spring, hipsters, earth-like planets, taking stock, the Goons.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 911th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 88th appearance, Jenny Eclair's 63rd appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 20th appearance, Shappi Khorsandi's 15th appearance.

844/71/4

Broadcast date: 2 March 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Graham Norton, Robin Ince.

Whistle Blower: Trudi Stevens.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Paranormal activity, St Valentine, stationery, 1984, anything you like, Marco Polo, commemorative bust, my best ideas.

Winner: Graham Norton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 912th appearance, Paul Merton's 339th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 99th appearance, Graham Norton's 94th appearance, Robin Ince's 2nd appearance.

845/71/5

Broadcast date: 9 March 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Josie Lawrence, Alun Cochrane.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: Canterbury.

Subjects: The Canterbury tales, class warfare, tongue in cheek, I can never find, the garden of Eden, tilting at windmills, poisonous gases, my heartís desire.

Winner: Tony Hawks.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 913th appearance, Paul Merton's 340th appearance, Tony Hawks's 132nd appearance, Josie Lawrence's 31st appearance, Alun Cochrane's 19th appearance.

846/71/6

Broadcast date: 16 March 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Gyles Brandreth, jenny Eclair, Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorsandi.

Whistle Blower: Trudi Stevens.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Heavy metal, rearranging the furniture, going viral, the lady with the lamp, my smoothie maker, pigs might fly, a golden opportunity, reading in the bath, lycanthropy.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 914th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 89th appearance, Jenny Eclair's 64th appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 21st appearance, Shappi Khorsandi's 16th and final appearance.

847/71/7

Broadcast date: 23 March 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Graham Norton, Robin Ince.

Whistle Blower: Trudi Stevens.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: A writing desk, the Count of Monte Cristo, death and taxes, what to wear on the radio, my favourite tree, Aurora Borealis, why we are here, the evolution of intelligence.

Winner: Sheila Hancock.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 915th appearance, Paul Merton's 341st appearance, Sheila Hancock's 100th ppearance, Graham Norton's 95th appearance, Robin Ince's 3rd and final appearance.

848/71/8

Broadcast date: 30 March 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Stephen Fry, David Tennant.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The world cup, getting a good cup of tea outside of England, my dogís got no nose, the head and the heart, to be or not be, itís not the end 1tís the beginning, the Magna Carta, a sense of purpose, counting oneís blessings, a ham sandwich.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 916th appearance, Paul Merton's 342nd appearance, Julian Clary's 54th appearance, Stephen Fry's 29th appearance, David Tennant's 2nd and final appearance.

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